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Water Pyrometer.


Example 58. — Find the specific heat of copper from the following
data : — Half a pound of copper is heated to 212°, and being plunged
into a pint (20 02.) of water at 60° contained in a wrought iron vessel
weighing- 4 oz., raises the temperature of the latter to 65 f°,

(«/,*! +. w±s2) (T - O _ (1*25 + "25 x -113) (65! - 60)
J=       """^(/°-~T0)           -         ..... •5(2i2~-~65|) ......          =  °938

Pyrometers, for measuring very high temperatures. — Wedge-
wood's and DanielPs, based on expansion of solids, are now
obsolete. Siemens' electric pyrometer measures the resistance
of a circuit, which varies directly as the temperature of the wire.
Wilson's and Siemens' water pyrometers depend on the method
of mixtures. A cylindrical vessel of sheet copper, clothed with
felt to retain heat, is provided with a cover and thermometer (see
B, Fig. 598). A small solid cylinder of copper, of known weight,
being placed in the furnace whose temperature is required, is
shortly removed, and plunged into the water of the pyrometer,
^vhen the latter is closed. The final temperature of the pyrometer
-water being observed, that of the furnace can be deduced. (See
Appendix //.,/, 876.)

Example 59. — Find a flue temperature by water pyrometer
from the following data: — Quantity of water = I pint, its first tem-
perature 65° ; weight of copper cylinder — 4 J oz, ; final temperature of

•water = 72° : water equivalent of vessel = '38 (Ib. F°)

+.:3.8) .

4- wsl0


__                                                   2 5 ± '38) 7 H- C'26s x -095 x 72)

ws                                        "265 x '095

Expansion of Gases.—Two laws govern the varying
volume of a gas, according to whether temperature or pressure
be kept constant,

The first law of gas expansion, discovered by Boyle ia 1662,
and verified by Marriotte in 1676, states that the volume of a given
portion vj gas varies inversely as its pressuref if the temperature be
constant. Shewa by symbols:

V oc =     and PV » a constant.

The relation of P and V is given by diagram in Fig, 599,
the ordinates PPX of the curve representing pressures, and the

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